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October 01, 2009

ACORN's Donations Dwindling in Aftermath of Undercover Sting

They should shake their cup for Roman Polanski. He understands the importance of their mission.

ACORN, the troubled anti-poverty group, is fighting to survive in the aftermath of an undercover video scandal. Its government funding is threatened, and so is the money it receives from foundations and other donors.

ACORN is fighting back, but that is also draining resources.


Several major funders told NPR that they've ended or are reassessing their ties with ACORN and its affiliates. The Ford Foundation gave almost $2 million in recent years, but says it has suspended ACORN funding because of concerns about inadequate financial controls.

The Marguerite Casey Foundation gave ACORN more than $4 million from 2003 to 2007. But spokeswoman Kathleen Baca says the grants are not being renewed...

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Bank of America and JPMorgan also say they've ceased making grants to ACORN and its affiliates.

Bucking the tide is the California Endowment, giving them $500,000.

Thanks to William Amos.

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